Energy pioneer praises Hepburn Wind

Hepburn Wind has set an international example for community-led renewable energy innovation, Samso Energy Academy director Soren Hermansen said.

One of the two turbines at the Hepburn Wind Farm.   Soren Hermansen described the operation as a great example of community-driven energy production.

One of the two turbines at the Hepburn Wind Farm. Soren Hermansen described the operation as a great example of community-driven energy production.

Mr Hermansen was guest speaker at the Leonards Hill wind farm as part of the National Community Energy Congress on Sunday. The renewable energy pioneer’s island home Samso has been powered by 100 per cent renewable energy since 2007.

Exchanging ideas: Hepburn Wind community manager Taryn Lane and Samso Energy Academy director Soren Hermansen ahead of Mr Hermansen's speech on Sunday. Picture: Jessica Black.

Exchanging ideas: Hepburn Wind community manager Taryn Lane and Samso Energy Academy director Soren Hermansen ahead of Mr Hermansen's speech on Sunday. Picture: Jessica Black.

“This is extending the network way beyond Hepburn and Samso, which are little places in the world,” Mr Hermansen said.  “We are playing a very central role in the world and people from Hawaii and Japan are looking at us for examples so there’s a lot of potential in this not just in local community development but in general for innovation.”